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... all 'parties' - I can safely surmise that kiasu-ness is not a solely Singaporean trait.
It's been an 8.45AM start everyday with the regional meeting, followed by the committee meetings at 10AM. The chair of the meetings I was at was a no-nonsense Thai lady who gave us a master class in chairing WHO meetings - she was firm, funny and flexible, sometimes all at the same time; she was also patient and polite (sometimes politely sarcastic) with people who weren't paying ...
... I've found almost no-one who speaks more than two words of English. That changed with the barman in the Park Inn, who speaks it pretty well. He's from Kazakhstan and in the last 4 years of living in Moscow he's earned about 25 years equivalent Kazakh salary. He's on $2000 a month after tips, which seems pretty good. So, out and about in Moscow, some of the most striking things are located around red square - the Kremlin, Saint Basil's cathedral, Lenin's tomb, Gum ...
... but still they were very charming despite it ! My miming skills are improving dramatically ! Repacked our rucksacks and I did a cull - leaving half my toiletries, one dress, one top and two trousers. Kevin did another cull also - he's more ruthless than I and he's now down to 2 trousers, 2 shorts and 4 T-shirts !
Next stop is the train station to ...
Third day in and today we are on our way to Novosibirsk via the Trans-Siberian railway. But first, we need to find our way to the station...
Leaving in plenty of time, we changed our remaining Dollars into Rubbles in this very dodgy looking cupboard, with a big angry looking woman and headed onto the boiling hot Metro, to the main station.
The station looked very grand, as do most of the buildings in Moscow. We took a guess ...
... in and it made me question why are we doing this? We both left lives that we were very happy with, we both have families who no doubt would appreciate our support at the moment. Why are we doing this? So that was the question I set out to answer. Why were we doing this? And what did we want from the trip? Of course we wanted to see the sights, but we also wanted to have new and exciting experiences, meet new people, taste new foods and to learn about ...